1935 - 2021
Montecito Memorial Park
3520 E Washington St
Colton, CA
JUNE 23,1935 - JULY 9, 2021 John Howard, 86, of Grand Terrace, CA, passed away after a 5 year battle with cancer. John was born in Denver, Colorado. He spent his early years in Radburn, New Jersey and came to California at the age of 13, where his parents and 2 siblings lived in Westwood. John graduated from UCLA and later from La Verne School of Law. He worked for the San Bernardino County Probation Dept. and Public Defenders office. He founded the law firm of Howard, Friedman and Gebbie. "Mr Howard" enthusiastically defended the rights of thousands of young people in Juvenile Court. He believed "Everyone deserves a fair trial." John is survived by his wife, Janet of 27 years. He is also survived by Carolyn, his first wife and mother of his children. His son Greg and grandson William reside in Wales, his daughter Lynn Hegardt, her husband Bryan and grandsons Zachary and Jacob reside in Grand Terrace. Stepdaughters Rebecca Bejarano and her fiance' Siavash Behain and Robyn Bejarano-Sanchez, husband Frank, granddaughter Izabella and grandson Andrew are all of Grand Terrace. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Grand Terrace Lions Club, care of John Howard at 22421 Barton Rd #403, Grand Terrace, California 92313. A memorial service service for John will be held at Montecito Memorial Park, 3520 E. Washington St., Colton. On Tuesday, July 31st at 5:00 p.m., reception imediately following on site.

Published by Daily Bulletin on Aug. 29, 2021.
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To John's family and colleagues I extend my sincere sympathy and condolences. Long before John went into a dependency practice, John and I opposed each other many times when I was a deputy district attorney. After I became a judge, I spent over 2 years in juvenile court with John and his partners appearing daily before me. He was a very competent, zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to our profession. I am so sorry for your loss.
Art W. McKinster, Associate Justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal,
August 31, 2021
My condolences to Janet and the rest of the family. I met John when I joined the Probation Department. He was a supervisor. He and a few others were going to law school at night. I had left law school in SanDiego and he tried to get me to go back. We remained friends for the entire length of my career. He was one of the most dedicated advocates for justice I had known during that time. May you rest in peace John.
David R Oberhelman
August 29, 2021
Marilee j Rendulich
August 29, 2021
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